Bates College GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Bates College GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Bates College GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Bates College GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine is a highly selective liberal arts college, and only about one in four applicants will receive an acceptance letter. To get in, students will need impressive high school grades. SAT and ACT scores are far less important, for Bates has test-optional admissions.

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Discussion of Bates College Admissions Standards

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher. You'll see a wider spread for standardized test scores, but even on that front nearly all applicants had above average scores—often above 1200 for the SAT (RW+M).

For Bates College admissions in 2015, the average  SAT critical reading score was 681, SAT math 684, SAT writing 678, and the average ACT composite score was 31, according to their website.

For the class admitted in 2016, the middle 50 percent had score ranges of 690 to 730 for SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing, 690 to 730 for SAT Math, and 30 to 32 for ACT Composite. The average weighted GPA was 3.82, according to the Bates College website.

Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades that were on target for Bates did not get in.

On the flip side, you'll notice a few students with grades down in the "B+" range, a bit lower than the typical accepted student. This is because the Bates College admissions process is based on much more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The admissions officers at Bates will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation.

Another important part of the Bates application is the supplemental essay, a piece of writing you can use to demonstrate your interest. Performing and visual arts students can also strengthen their applications with the Common Application Arts Supplement.

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If You Like Bates College, You May Also Like These Schools

Other liberal arts colleges/universities that are also highly-ranked, like Bates (and are also general quite selective, as well) include Williams CollegeAmherst CollegeSwarthmore CollegeDartmouth College, and Wesleyan University.

For those interested in Bates for its size and location (and not for its selectivity) should check out the University of Maine - FarmingtonSaint Anselm CollegeColby-Sawyer CollegeNew England College, and Rivier University.